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Posted 2 years ago

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I inherited this Zenith from my late father-in-law in 1992 and I still wear it every day as my main watch. I'm curious to know more about it. He received it in 1977 as his 25 year long service gift from De Beers Consolidated mining company inKimberley, South Africa. He wore it daily until he passed away in 1992. It is gold and appears solid as there is no degradation in the surface after 35 years of service. I searched online and one person had a similar one which was titled a "380 Cal 2572". It must have been manufactured before 1977. I have no idea if this is accurate. The one shown by that person had a stainless steel back. I suspect De Beers purchased hundreds and replaced the back with the gold one and embossed it with their logo (as shown in my pics) and then as required engraved the recipients name (in this case my father-in-law, I.L Bell).
Does anyone have more information, or thoughts about this watch?

Thanks

Craig Harrison

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  1. Muser, 2 years ago
    Dear Craig, my father was also presented with an 18k solid gold Zenith, (but in the 1960's, so is an older model than yours). It was engraved with his name GUSTAV MUSER, and presented by the CMR, ( Consolidated Main Reef Gold Mines) also in South Africa. I understand these presentation watches are rare, in that only a very few were made, obviously as a result of the recipients being both few and old.
    In my case, I mailed, via registered mail, the watch to Zenith in Switzerland
    only to be told by Zenith that the mail had arrived, but the box was empty..
    I would dearly love to have the watch again, as it has great sentimental value for me.
    I would purchase it, no questions asked, so if you ever run into it, I would be ever so grateful if you we're to let me know. Or inform the present owner of my request to purchase it. My e.mail is: pmuser@cogeco.ca.
    With kindest regards $ best wishes.
    PS Prior to the watch going missing, I had sent the watch to Zenith, who did the most marvelous restoration, returning it to me at a most reasonable cost. It was as new again. You may wish to do this too, but I strongly suggest you ship via UPS or the like, for safety, Best of luck,
  2. itchy8me, 11 hours ago
    My dad received this watch for long term service to debeers in kimberley south africa as well. He left in 1998-99, so our dads must have known each other. He passed away in 2001 and i ended up inheriting it. It looks almost exactly the same , except the face is made of/coated in gold and there is a little more etching on it, but no date. It is 18k gold and i also have no further information about the value / production of the thing.

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